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Little Women: Mermaid Edition by Megan Lois Whitehill

Little Women: Mermaid Edition by Megan Lois Whitehill

Little Women: Mermaid Edition by Megan Lois Whitehill on August 24, 2022 Genres: Fantasy Source: Lola’s Blog Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads A timeless classic heads under the sea… A retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women: Mermaid Edition takes the story of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, and spins it into a fantastical story of merfolk under the sea. Follow the young mergirls as they grow up in a world of talking walruses, seahorse rides, and the mysterious merboy next door. Will the four mermaid sisters find everything they aspire to in the Deep Ocean? Or will poverty and shabby shell corsets keep them from their dreams? True to the beloved classic, the Mermaid Edition tackles complex themes of growing up, social pressure, falling in love for the first time, and embracing sisterly love. Complete with original illustrations, this retelling is perfect for longtime lovers of Little Women and new readers alike. It’s a thoughtful gift idea for mermaid enthusiasts and Louisa May Alcott fans ages 11 and up. I am utterly in love with my UBB Plug-in that pulls all the book info through so nicely. But for this book, I am going to add the cover […]

Posted August 27, 2022
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How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell Series: How to Train your Dragon #1 on February 4th, 2010 Genres: Childrens Pages: 240 Format: Paperback Source: VCS Buy on Amazon Goodreads Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans, tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a dragon. Can Hiccup do it without being torn limb from limb? Join his adventures and misadventures as he finds a new way to train dragons–and becomes a hero. This action-packed, hilarious, and perfectly illustrated novel is a modern classic beloved by millions across the globe. One of our favorite series’ in the library, is The How to Train your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. Of course all the kids have seen the highly successful movie adaptations of these books, but they will also be the first ones to say that it’s not quite the same as the books. I’m not sure if this is a case of the book-is-better-than-the movie or the movie-is-better-than-the-book, as the kids split 50/50 here. But let me quite meowing about the series and let’s see what Enrique (Ricky) Jordaan in Gr4 has […]

Posted August 26, 2022
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The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine by Tilly Bagshawe

The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine by Tilly Bagshawe

The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine by Tilly Bagshawe Published by Harper Collins on February 17th, 2022 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 506 Format: eBook Source: The Pigeonhole Buy on Amazon Goodreads Sweeping through the 1920s to WWII and beyond, this is the story of the Salignac family – the loves that bind them, the secrets that threaten to divide them, and the chateau that will always call them home. Deep in the French countryside, inside the walls of a family chateau, a remarkable legacy awaits . . . From the international bestselling author comes an escapist, glamorous tale spanning generations & sweeping from Burgundy to Greece and beyond . . . ONE FAMILY – THREE GENERATIONS SOME SECRETS NEVER DIE . . . Elise would do anything to inherit Sainte Madeleine, the vineyard that’s been home to the Salignacs for generations. Only Laurent Senard, a distant cousin, is a rival for her heart – yet when a family rift sends her on a new and dangerous path, she risks losing them both . . . Alexandre, Elise’s brother, can’t bear to see their capricious father put the vineyard – and Alex’s birthright – in jeopardy. He leaves to carve out his […]

Posted August 24, 2022
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Blog Tour & Excerpt: Big Swamp by Kelly Dean Jolley

Blog Tour & Excerpt: Big Swamp by Kelly Dean Jolley

Big Swamp by Kelly Den Jolley on August 2nd, 2022 Genres: Detective Noir, Romance Pages: 298 Source: Meryton Press Buy on Amazon Goodreads Ford Merrick is a softhearted detective in a sleepy southern town, Opelika, Alabama—a “one-eyed, blinking sort of place.” A provoking visit from beautiful Rachel Gunner complicates his work and his life. This stunning woman asks Ford to tail her uncle and discover what he is up to. Taking the case, Ford quickly finds himself swamped in mysteries: Who is Rachel’s uncle, and what is his secret business? Then there’s the mystery of an earlier death at Noble Hall where Rachel and her uncle now live. But the greatest mystery may be Rachel Gunner herself. Mired, Ford struggles to find his way, unearths tragedies old and new, and exposes his heart to a hard test. Greetings you guys! Welcome to our stop on the Blog Tour for Meryton Press’ latest edition. For those of you familiar with Meryton Press, do not expect the usual Austenesque (I had to look that up as well, don’t worry) novel. Oh no, they’ve decided to branch out into a new genre. For their first non-Austenesque book, they went with a Romance/Detective Noir […]

Posted August 22, 2022
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The Sunday Post #80

The Sunday Post #80

Greetings you guys! It’s the third weekend in a row with dreadfully cold weather. Wind and rain also seem to take up weekend residence in our little town. We don’t mind the rain, we desperately need it. But the wind and cold is too much for my sensitive constitution. We are all well and the little mutt still appears to be growing like one of Jack’s magic beans. She is very inquisitive and playful. She does keep the humans on their toes and the rest of the household’s tails in a knot. I am worried that she is trying to hack a space on my beautiful blog. I have my spies out you know and here she was caught red-handed by Lea trying to hack our post. Can you believe that? And then Mommy turns around and says that maybe we should give her some blogging time. Daddy cam up with Agent Anna Snout Investigates and suggests we let her do all the mystery books Mommy loves so much. I need to think about this. Long and hard. Nothing much else is new in our world, school is busy and finally at a good rhythm after the past 2+ years. Mommy is […]

Posted August 21, 2022
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Throwback Thursday #13 – Salt to the Sea

Throwback Thursday #13 – Salt to the Sea

Greetings you guys! It’s a rainy Thursday afternoon here in South Africa and all we want to do, is get into bed and snuggle with a great book. But we hear the call of duty as well and we first want to do a Throwback Thursday Post. That fun meme we only get to every now and then. The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused. Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same. Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday! The review that we are looking back to today, is for a book that my Mommy loved so much. She says she can’t believe that she’s still only read this one by the very talented author, Ruta Sepetys: Paperback  390 pages Read 09 August 2016 Published February 2016 Goodreads Blurb: Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets. Each one born of […]

Posted August 18, 2022
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Ten Books I love that are a 100 Years Old

Ten Books I love that are a 100 Years Old

Hi there you guys! It’s Tuesday and time to have fun with Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s prompt from Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, is Books I love that are over 10 years old. No use in waking up a sleeping cat, she’s not even 10 years old yet. So for today, TTT is coming straight from me. But of course I’m going to tamper with the prompt and add a zero. Books I love that are a 100 years old.  Ten Books I love that were Printed in 1922 1. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it. Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys—and people—become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.   2. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse Herman Hesse’s classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of […]

Posted August 16, 2022
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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus on April 5th, 2022 Genres: Fiction Pages: 390 Format: Paperback Source: Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its […]

Posted August 13, 2022
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Ten Hilariously Funny Feline Book Titles

Ten Hilariously Funny Feline Book Titles

Geetings you guys! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is bound to be nothing but fun. Hilarious Book Titles. Just like Jana, life is a bit busy here with us, so we almost skipped this week. Luckily, there is nothing wrong with our innovation abilities and as a cat, I am also extra resourceful. In February 2021, we had a prompt – Titles that made me laugh out loud. Ha. Nothing wrong with republishing. In fact, it’s being encouraged on numerous platforms. So that’s exactly what we’ll do today. With a tweak or two. If you’ve read and actually remember (I’m not that good a writer, so what’s the chances) our post from last year, a recap is always good. If you haven’t read it, have fun! In case you might think I made some of these titles up, I will add links to all the titles and you can see for yourself that my innovation only goes that far. 1. Games you can play with your Pussy by Ira Alterman 2. Does God ever speak through cats? by David Evans 3. Why Cats paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics by Heather Busch 4.I could pee on […]

Posted August 9, 2022
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Gambling with Murder by Lida Sideris

Gambling with Murder by Lida Sideris

Gambling with Murder by Lida Sideris Series: Southern California Mysteries #5 Published by Level Best on March 29th, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 260 Format: ARC Source: Lola’s Blog Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads A late-night call is all it takes for rookie lawyer Corrie Locke to kiss her day job at the movie studio goodbye, and do what she does best: flex her sweet P.I. skills and go undercover to find a senior who’s missing from a posh retirement community. One small stumbling block: skirting past security to gain inside access to the exclusive Villa Sunset. Time to call in the heavy artillery. Besides former security guard turned legal assistant—now wannabe P.I.—Veera, Corrie relies on a secret weapon: her mother, a surprisingly eager addition to Corrie’s team. Armed with enough pepper spray to take down a band of Navy Seals, Mom impersonates a senior to infiltrate the Villa, Corrie, and Veera in tow. Turns out the job’s not as easy as they’d thought. These seniors have tricks tucked up their sleeves and aren’t afraid of using them. The action gets dicey when the missing senior case turns into attempted murder by a criminal mind who’s always one step ahead. […]

Posted August 8, 2022
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